The Cactus

The Cactus Review

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BLOOM

People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green—a prickly independent woman, who has everything just the way she wants it and who certainly has no need for messy emotional relationships.

Family and colleagues find her standoffish and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself, and that's all she needs.

At forty-five, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward—a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits.

Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control.

When she discovers that her mother's will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.

This sparkling debut is a breath of fresh air with real heart and a powerful emotional punch. In Susan we find a character as exasperating and delightful as The Rosie Project's Don Tillman. An uncompromising feminist and a fierce fighter, it's a joy to watch her bloom.

Title:The Cactus
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com4.5 starsThe Cactus is a book that comes with such a visually stunning cover, it is filled with flourishing cactus plants, set against a shimmering metallic backg...

  • Ioanna

    I really loved this one!😍...

  • The Empire of Me

    Die Charaktere in diesem Buch sind alle glaubhaft und liebevoll gestaltet. Vor allem mit Susan konnte ich mich vom ersten Augenblick an identifizieren: ich mag auch keine Menschen. Ich mag keine Übe...

  • Kate Olson

    🌵 🎧 Yay for great audiobooks with fabulous narrators with ACCENTS! British, in this case.•THE CACTUS was my latest listen and it was a great one 💗 I adore quirky characters and this one has...

  • Anne

    So, let's talk about that cover. It's absolutely sublime, and I have to admit that as soon as I opened up the envelope when it dropped through my letterbox, I bumped this one to the very top of the 't...

  • Rona

    This book is perfect in every way and I was really sad when I'd finished. I was engrossed, enthralled, so vested in Susan's life and what was happening to her. What a well-rounded character and how we...

  • Lydia Bailey

    A 3.5 from me. I enjoyed the book on the whole & it’s our current book club read so will do a full review at a later date. It felt a little like a copy cat to Eleanor Olephant to me. The main charac...

  • Julie Parks

    This book in the definition of English humor. It should even come with a warning: Don't read it on a rainy morning!I loved every chapter. But the character can get to be a bit too bitter at times. She...

  • Joanne

    I can't begin to review this book without mentioning that beautiful cover. The image above does not do it justice at all. Those pale pink looking bits are in fact a beautiful shimmering foil. This boo...

  • Tania

    Susan, the main character, is a prickly woman in her mid forties. ( Of course, we come to learn that she is a product of her upbringing). She has her life well ordered, with a job that suits her and a...